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A Weekend in Fukuoka

| Oct 18, 2018

A Weekend in Fukuoka

by Oscar Boyd

Located on the northern shore of Kyushu, Fukuoka is one of Japan's most vibrant cities: It is the fastest-growing city outside Tokyo, it has the youngest average population and has gone to great lengths over the past few years to position itself as Japan's ...

Japan facing customs officer shortage as foreign visitors surge

Oct 10, 2018

Japan facing customs officer shortage as foreign visitors surge

A serious shortage of customs officers for border control is being encountered amid an increase in travelers from abroad. As the number of foreign tourists is expected to rise further toward the 2020 Games, the Finance Ministry hopes to boost the number of customs officers ...

Prize-winning Fukuoka dance team puts Kurume on YouTube radar

Sep 12, 2018

Prize-winning Fukuoka dance team puts Kurume on YouTube radar

The Kurume Municipal Government in Fukuoka Prefecture has released a YouTube video featuring Kyushudanji Shinsengumi, a local boys' dance group that won first place at World of Dance 2015 in Los Angeles, to promote the city. The video, which shows the group in action at ...

Jul 15, 2018

Flood-hit Okayama cram school opens doors to other students

A cram school in the Mabicho district of Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, has reopened to accept both its own students and others whose schools were damaged by the region's deadly rains this month. In the wake of the disaster, the city's education board decided to keep ...

Torrential rains leave trail of destruction in western Japan

Jul 9, 2018

Torrential rains leave trail of destruction in western Japan

The death toll from torrential rains in western Japan moved above 100 early Monday, with dozens of others still missing after massive flooding and landslides destroyed homes and displaced tens of thousands. This is a selection of scenes of the widespread damage. Rescue workers hunt ...